‘’CORRUPT people don’t live in peace,’’ those were the words of Pope Francis as the pontiff made impassioned plea against the menace of corruption, particularly in Africa.
Francis, during a speech to young people in Kenyan capital, Nairobi Saturday, urged them not to accept bribe, likening the temptation to an unhealthy desire for sugar.
“Each time… we put it in our pockets, we destroy our hearts – we destroy our personalities and we destroy our country. Please don’t develop that taste for that sugar that is corruption.”
On the issue of tribalism in that country, the Pope noted that overcoming tribalism would be a daily task that would require Kenyans to listen to one another in order to avoid division.
He said: “I want to invite you all – that we hold each other’s hands – let’s hold hands together, let’s stand up as a sign against bad tribalism – we are all a nation.”
Pope Francis also addressed radicalisation in a country which has suffered several serious attacks by Islamists from the Somalia-based al-Shabab group.
“If a young woman or man has no work, cannot study, what can he or she do? The first thing we have to do to stop a young person to be recruited is education and work.”